Procurement Services Update May 2016
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After a historic decision by the government of Cambodia to establish a national budget line for the procurement of contraceptives, the government plans to fully cover the contraceptive needs for the public sector from 2016 onward.
The Cambodia Ministry of Health is partnering with UNFPA to provide a variety of reproductive health commodities including: injectable, emergency and oral contraceptives, worth over $2 million in 2016.
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AccessRH rebranding and name change

The UNFPA Procurement Service Branch (PSB) is pleased to announce a rebranding and name change of the AccessRH procurement service.

As of today, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 AccessRH will be known as  UNFPA Procurement Services. This rebranding will create cohesiveness and synergy under the UNFPA brand while helping to reduce confusion among both current and future partners. 

The new site contains the same information, tools and catalog as the old site but with a brand new look. The new site will also be showcased during the upcoming Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

Since 2011, AccessRH has served 170 organizations in 104 countries. Today, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to delivering the same quality assured products and service under this new branding.

For more information about the rebranding and or name change, feel free to contact the UNFPA Procurement Services Branch at


UNFPA enters strategic partnership with Global Fund

The United Nations Population Fund and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), have entered into a strategic partnership to improve access to quality-assured condoms.

UNFPA will support the Global Fund mission of ending the HIV epidemic, by providing its implementing partners with quality-assured condoms at competitive prices, and with swift delivery.
Access to quality-assured health products and medicines is critical to the Global Fund mission.

The Global Fund aims to make the best use of each dollar by working with partners to combine procurement volumes thereby driving lower prices and achieving faster delivery times.

The Global Fund and UNFPA are committed to ending HIV as a public health threat, and recognize that greater focus is needed on HIV prevention, particularly among young people and in family planning for women living with HIV.  As the lead United Nations agency for sexual and reproductive health, UNFPA has access to the largest source of WHO-qualified male condom manufacturers. “Every condom we procure is 100% electronically tested and every batch we ship must pass pre-shipment testing” said Eric Dupont, Chief, Procurement Services Branch UNFPA.  “At UNFPA, quality and safety are our top priorities. There is no compromise on quality.”

This partnership will further enhance market shaping efforts thereby increasing value for money.  By working together to ensure the quality of contraceptives, we can better provide access to safe and reliable disease prevention tools, helping to save the lives of millions.

For information about the agreement, please contact UNFPA at

Quality assured generic contraceptives results in savings

UNFPA is proud to report than an increase in the use of quality assured generic contraceptives resulted in savings of over $750,000 in 2015.

The increase in the number of generic reproductive health (RH) medicines complying with the internationally recognized quality standards applied by UNFPA has had a positive impact on prices. In addition to savings of over $750,000, 
this increase in generic RH medicines has also had a positive impact on access. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of countries ordering generic hormonal contraceptives increased to 24 – an increase of 84 percent. 

UNFPA plans to continue advocating for the use of generics in order to increase access to RH medicines and to demonstrate value for money. 

Click here for more information on generics and the impact of WHO prequalification and UNFPA Expert Review Panel. 

Increasing access to life-saving maternal health medicines

In low-income countries, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal death, yet arguably the most preventable. As part of the UNFPA effort to increase access to life-saving maternal health medicines, UNFPA is pleased to announce that a new source for Misoprostol 200mcg has now been prequalified by WHO. 
The medicine, which is used in the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage is currently available for procurement via the UNFPA product catalog

As the lead agency for delivering a world where every child birth is safe, UNFPA will continue to work with WHO and other partners to ensure increased access to quality assured life-saving maternal health medicines. 

For questions, please contact UNFPA at

New Long Term Agreements for female condoms

Please be advised that two additional female condom designs are now available via the UNFPA product catalog. With the addition of these new designs, UNFPA is now able to offer four different IUD designs – increasing selection and choice. 

For information regarding any of the female condom designs, visit the UNFPA Procurement Services site or contact UNFPA at

New Long Term Agreement for IUDs available

Please note that a new Long Term Agreement (LTA) has been signed for the supply of IUDs.

As of April 1, 2016, the UNFPA product catalog  has three active LTA suppliers of IUDs. 
For more information, please contact UNFPA at

UNFPA Supplies: Good Governance for Medicines e-course available

UNFPA Supplies is pleased to announce that a new e-course on Good Governance for Medicines is now available. 

The goal of the programme is to contribute to health system strengthening and the prevention of corruption and wastage by promoting good governance in the pharmaceutical sector. 
The course is currently available in English, with French and Spanish soon to be available. 

To register for the course, click here
For information about this course or other available courses, please visit the UNFPA Supplies Learning Zone

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